The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) for 2020 took place in Las Vegas last week. Like with past shows I have attended, it was jam-packed with the newest products and innovations our industry has to offer in the areas of kitchen and bath design. As the premier NKBA event of the year, we took in terrific presentations on the state of the industry, held our annual meeting, conducted officer training sessions and toured one of the largest design industry shows on the planet!
As an interior designer, I believe it is important to attend cutting-edge industry shows like KBIS to stay on top of the latest innovations, identify new resources for clients and network with peers. As a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) I was proud to represent the Living in Place Institute because Wellness Design is integral to our mission as a firm: “creating spaces that nurture and support those who live in them, as well as being safe and accessible to all, regardless of age or ability.” My presentation “Aesthetic Bathroom Designs for Living in Place” captured the spirit of the Wellness Design Movement.
We saw and enjoyed so much. Especially noteworthy product highlight included:
The new induction slide-in range in surprising new colors from Fisher & Paykel. So sleek looking and a great pop of color in red, black and white.
The ezH2O built-in filtered water dispenser from Elkay was a fun, innovative highlight.
I was so excited by the new product lines from the GE Café line of appliances. Their new Customizable Professional Collection comes in matte white, matte black and the traditional brushed stainless finishes. But the real twist comes from their new hardware in brushed copper, brushed bronze, brushed black and brushed stainless. It can be mixed and matched across all options. Their new motto “it’s time your appliances had a personality: yours” says it all.
The new Grohe Minta Touch Single Handle Kitchen Faucet is a real living-in-place game changer. I really loved it in matte black!
Since I’m not really a fan of minimalism, I appreciate seeing the new art deco design of the Belshire Collection of vanities, faucets and hardware from DXV. Elegant and sophisticated design.
The new SpaLet bidet toilet from American Standard is also an amazing and lovely new product at a great price for all it can do – affordable inclusive design!
As always, GE Monogram upped their game with two new pro lines designed by famed interior designer Richard Anuszkiewicz. I simply love that they continue to incorporate elements of Living in Place throughout their process.
The New American Home and the New American Remodel homes were a plethora of design ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed both and appreciated how seamlessly sponsors LG and Signature Kitchen Suite melded their products throughout the designs of both homes.
Special thanks to the team from Fisher & Paykel, Creston and Modenus for educating and entertaining us all so well. A special shout-out to Steve Feldman of Renovation Angel. I attended their 2nd annual Kitchen Recycling Awards presentation and am so proud of them and the work they do. And I love their motto: “Saving the Planet, One Kitchen at a Time.”
Check out NKBA’s KBIS website for more KBIS 2020 highlights: https://www.kbis.com. See you in Orlando Florida for KBIS 2021!
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